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Monday, March 24, 2014

Club P.A.N. 2013-2014 mid-term report

How time flies! Club P.A.N. is now active for its seventh consecutive year in Côte d’Ivoire around the Taï National Park and for its fourth year in Guinea.

Things are working very smoothly at the moment as can be seen in our mid-term report which is available as a free download. The report provides an overview of what has been done during the first part of the 22013-2014 school year.

We would like to thank our sponsors of the 2013-2014 Club P.A.N. school year: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund, Fonds Social de Developpement, Auckland Zoo Conservation Grant and Zoo am Meer Bremerhafen! Without you, none of this would be possible, GRAND MERCI!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

7th Club P.A.N. school year started in Côte d’Ivoire!

The new 2013-2014 Club P.A.N. school year started on October 21st for a 3-day teacher training in Soubré, Cote d'Ivoire. 

We would like to give a big Thank You and Merci to the OIPR who hosted the WCF Club P.A.N. team in their lecture hall for the event!

The training was organized by Mr. Guilahoux and Mr. Ouattara from the CPE / WCF. During the training Julia Riedel from the WCF Germany and Eveline Riedel from the Humboldt Gymnasium Werdau lead sessions on a new lesson (11) added to this year's curriculum which focuses on conservation activities and includes new games and exercises. They also summarized the results gathered from previous Club P.A.N. school years to highlight the important conservation and outreach impact Club P.A.N. has been having in the area.

We would like to thank the ministries of Côte d'Ivoire for their presence at the opening ceremony and their on-going support! We thank 15 teachers and 15 principals for their motivation and great work during the three days of training!

Also, we are happy to announce that we have increased the number of Ivorian school participating in Club P.A.N. to 15 this year!

Teachers, principals, children and parents of Adamakro, Amaragui, Daobly, Diero-Oula, Djouroutou, Karie, Kouperou, Para, Paule-Oula, Petit Tieme, Sakre, Sarakagui, Taï, Youkou and Ziriglo, we wish you all a great 203-2014 Club P.A.N. school year!

We would like to thank our main Club P.A.N. donors: Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, Fonds social de developpement, Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, DierenPark Amersfoort Wildlife Fund, Brevard Zoo, Oklahoma City Zoo, Paul Schiller Stiftung, Leipzig Zoo, Zoo am Meer Bremerhafen, Auckland Zoo, Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund, Teach A Man To Fish and Tierschutz Zürich.

Monday, June 17, 2013

New Paper from Club P.A.N.: Environmental Education in Côte d'Ivoire/West Africa: Extra-Curricular Primary School Teaching Shows Positive Impact on Environmental Knowledge and Attitudes

Borchers C., Boesch C., Riedel J., Guilahoux H., Ouattara D., Randler R. (2013). Environmental Education in Côte d'Ivoire/West Africa: Extra-Curricular Primary School Teaching Shows Positive Impact on Environmental Knowledge and Attitudes. International Journal of Science Education, Part B 

This paper surveys the consequences of pupils' participation in the extra-curricular environmental education (EE) programme Club P.A.N. (Peoples, Animals and Nature) by monitoring changes in their respective knowledge as well as in their environmental attitudes. The programme was conducted in Côte d'Ivoire in West Africa with the help of the local teacher's organization Cellule des Projets Environnementaux (CPE). We used multivariate analysis of data collected during two years of the programme (n = 1,244 participants), in nine villages around the Taï National Park, to test if this EE programme could lead to (1) knowledge gain and (2) attitude change, and the influences of (3) grade, sex and prior knowledge. Participation significantly increased environmental knowledge and positively influenced attitudes towards nature. Boys gained more knowledge and changed attitudes more than girls and pupils of the sixth grade profited more from the programme on both measures than the younger pupils of the fifth grade. We discuss how these results influence the programme and how further research should be emphasized.

The paper can be viewed online at:

In 2007 the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation created a nature club for primary schools across West Africa called "Club P.A.N." (Personnes, Animaux et Nature / People, Animals, & Nature). Claudia Borchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology has observed the Club P.A.N. classes for several years and has analyzed the evaluation results of the program for her dissertation work. Borchers and colleges found that the participation of children in the Club P.A.N. program increased their environmental knowledge and positively influenced their attitudes towards nature.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

2012-2013 Interim Update

The 2012-2013 Club P.A.N. school year is well underway.

This year we have over 800 students in Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea participating in the programme!

The pre-evaluations of the students and the first eight lessons are done. The program will continue with the last lessons, the parents" days and the post-evaluations in the next weeks.

We are very proud to announce that the WCF / Club P.A.N. project has won a prize by UK-based international development charity "Teach A Man To Fish":

The WCF has been named as the organisation with the most entrepreneurial approach to education in Côte d’Ivoire in the Educating Africa Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education. With over 350
entries from all over Africa, the WCF has done exceptionally well to be named a country winner in the competition. It’s unique and entrepreneurial approach to education meant that it caught the judges’
attention even despite this being the most competitive competition to date. As a country prize winner, the WCF is entitled to prize winnings of USD $1,000.

We would like to thank our supporters that have made the 6th Club P.A.N. school year in Côte d'Ivoire and the 3th year in Guinea possible: Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, Oklahoma City Zoo &
Botanical Garden - Conservation Action Now, Auckland Zoo Conservation Grant, Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund, Columbus Zoo, DierenPark Amersfoort Wildlife Fund,Sweden Chimpanzee Trust, BMZ, Zoo am Meer Bremerhafen, Teach A Man To Fish, Brevard Zoo, Leipzig Zoo, Tierschutz
Zürich, Kepler Gymnasium, Guinea Alumina Corporation,
Nadin Eckhardt, Mimi Arandjelovic, Vera Schmeling, Karin Bahrke and Andrea Peuker.

For more information check out the 2012/2013 Midterm Report HERE 
the Teach a Man to Fish prize Press Release HERE 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year! Club P.A.N. 2012-2013 update!

The new 2012-2013 Club P.A.N. school year is well underway and this year we have 658 students in Côte d’Ivoire participating in the programme!

The pre-evaluations of the students and the first five lessons are done at the western side of Taï National Park. The program will continue with the schools in the eastern side of the park in the next weeks.

We would like to thank our supporters that have made the 6th Club P.A.N. school year in Côte d'Ivoire possible:

DierenPark Amersfoort Wildlife Fund, Sweden Chimpanzee Trust, BMZ, Zoo am Meer Bremerhafen, Tierschutz Zürich, Kepler Gymnasium, Nadin Eckhardt, Vera Schmeling, Karin Bahrke and Andrea Peuker.

However, we still need financial support for this Club P.A.N. school year, so please contact Julia Riedel if you are able to lend your support: riedel(AT)

To learn more about Club P.A.N. please visit:

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The new 2012-2013 Club P.A.N. school year has begun!

We are happy to start our 6th Club P.A.N. school year in Côte d'Ivoire!

Today marks the second day of the Club P.A.N. teacher training in Côte d'Ivoire. For three days (Sept 17-19, 2012) all the Club P.A.N. teachers will be together to exchange ideas and experiences in hopes of continuing to improve their teaching abilities and knowledge of environmental education. The teachers are incredibly motivated to learn more about biology and ecology and are keenly interested in the nature documentaries and slide shows they have been watching. The games and experiments, which aim to teach students about biology in a more interactive way, have also been a huge hit with the teachers.

We look forward to another fun and educational year and thank you for your support!

To learn more about Club P.A.N. please visit:

Friday, August 24, 2012

Club P.A.N. 2011/2012 update!

The Club P.A.N. school year 2011/2012 is over!

A total of 1043 children and their families were reached in Guinea and Côte d‘Ivoire and around 2800 spectators visited our now famous parents' days this year.

Our evaluation results showed that Club P.A.N. increased the biological knowledge and awareness of global environmental issues in all the participants across the board. Furthermore, we were successful in changing attitudes and were able to create a fun and dynamic learning environment that the children enjoyed.
Club P.A.N. is reaching the next generation of decision makers and creating environmental awareness in primary school children and their families.

Thanks to our wonderful Club P.A.N. teams in Guinea and Côte d‘Ivoire!

We look forward to a great 2012-2013 year and thank all of our current funders for their ongoing support!

Many, many thanks to: Guinea Alumina Corporation, Rufford Small Grants Foundation, Columbus Zoo, WWF, Brevard Zoo, DierenPark Amersfoort Wildlife Fund, Minnesota Zoo, Leipzig Zoo, Schulzentrum Friesgasse Wien, Zoo am Meer Bremerhafen, Oregon Zoo, USFW GACF, Benefizgala Biberach, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Kepler Gymnasium, Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund, Yves Rocher Foundation and Sweden Chimpanzee Trust.